A mid-1800's syrup or milk pitcher with metal lid having a wide band of deep pink decorated with cream and white leaves accented with pink copper luster trim. The cream twisted rope handle is accented with copper luster, and the base has copper luster trim as well. The white body may be ironstone, though the pitcher is not overly heavy, weighing almost 1 3/4 lbs. The tin or pewter hinged lid on this pitcher is very nice as the leaf design is raised, and it has a white button thumb rest to raise the lid. 8" tall and approximately 5" in diameter at its widest. There are no chips, cracks, crazing or staining, slight wear to the decoration befitting the pitcher's advanced age. There is a faint mark on the bottom: the number 6 above what appears to be 1002. Dudson favored rope handles and used the porcelain button lids on syrup pitchers, but we are unable to provide a definitive maker attribution. Syrup and milk jugs were mainstay household items in the 19th century: molasses was the standard syrup of the period, and milk was taken directly from cow to table.
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